“Andrew von Oeyen (is), in my opinion the best pianist of his generation.” — David Newman, composer
Thus wrote distinguished composer
David Newman, who created this album’s final two selections specifically for Andrew. We at Delos thus take particular pride in releasing Andrew’s second album – following his spectacular and critically acclaimed survey for us of piano music by Franz Liszt in 2011, the bicentennial year of the composer’s birth. In the notes to that release, the historical role of Liszt as “the first impressionist” was emphasized. How fitting, therefore, that Andrew’s current recording is devoted largely to keyboard masterpieces by Claude Debussy (1862-1918): the first and greatest of the French impressionists. Continuing Andrew’s penchant for anniversaries, 2013 marks the centennial year of Debussy’s 24 Preludes (composed between 1909 and 1913) – of which the first book of twelve is offered here…
Check back next week as we dive into each of the composers on this exciting new release!
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